chines

chine

1 [chahyn]

Origin:
before 900; Middle English; Old English cinu crevice, fissure; cognate with Middle Dutch kene; compare Old English cīnan to gape, crack open

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chine

2 [chahyn]
noun
1.
the backbone or spine, especially of an animal.
2.
the whole or a piece of the backbone of an animal with adjoining parts, cut for cooking.
3.
a ridge or crest, as of land.
4.
Nautical.
a.
an angular intersection of the sides and bottom of a vessel.
b.
a longitudinal member running behind this.
verb (used with object), chined, chining.
5.
(in butchering) to sever the backbone of.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English eschine < Old French eschine < Germanic. See shin

chine

3 [chahyn]
noun
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chine1 (tʃaɪn)
 
n
1.  the backbone
2.  the backbone of an animal with adjoining meat, cut for cooking
3.  a ridge or crest of land
4.  (in some boats) a corner-like intersection where the bottom meets the side
 
vb
5.  (tr) to cut (meat) along or across the backbone
 
[C14: from Old French eschine, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German scina needle, shinbone; see shin1]

chine2 (tʃaɪn)
 
n
another word for chime

chine3 (tʃaɪn)
 
n
dialect (Southern English) a deep fissure in the wall of a cliff
 
[Old English cīnan to crack]

chiné (ˈʃiːneɪ)
 
adj
textiles having a mottled pattern
 
[C19: from French chiner to make in the Chinese fashion, from Chine China]

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